And Perry comes at her subject from so many angles it slowly becomes a revelation of how we as a nation find ourselves today. So if there is anyone who believes that systematic racism no longer exists, they need to read this book. Part history, part polemic, part pilgrimage, part personal history, South to America is a stirring story of race in America and how deeply it affects us all:
"Isn't that what we want, that irrepressible hope? Maybe it isn't just an American mythos. Maybe it's an American wonder. After all, from the bottom, from the depths, from the fields, from the ashes, hope just keeps on rising and radiating off sweat-glowing skin in Southern heat."